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    Silver prices this week have fallen slightly, but there are encouraging signs for the white metal moving forward.

    After almost three months of freefall, during which time silver prices fell 21.4% and touched off four-year lows, prices finally reversed direction and traded up last week. It had fallen 11 of the 12 weeks prior and had been down for five consecutive weeks.

    So what's fueling this reversal? And why is it flat this week?

Silver Prices

Turn the Tables on the Market Manipulators

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In theory, we have free markets, where manipulation is illegal and punishable.

We've found that's not often the case in the financial markets.

Unfortunately, this web of "disruptive practices" and "market rigging" is not likely to change any time soon.

Despite a government "crackdown" on illegalities that occasionally makes the headlines.

The problem may be especially manifest in the futures market.

But you don't have to be a victim...

Silver Futures Will Soon Pull Prices Out of Recent Slump

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Last week was punishing for silver prices once again, as the silver futures market sent out bearish signals and the white metal fell below its lowest levels on the year.

But if you've followed the silver futures markets this year you'd realize these current doldrums are only preceding a much more substantial rally.

Here's why silver is gearing up for a rally, and why now it is a good time to jump in...

Why Silver Prices Today Are Hitting 2014 Lows

Silver prices today are trading at their lowest levels on the year, continuing a two-month bear cycle where the white metal has fallen significantly.

Prices are taking recent cues from the U.S. Dollar Index, as well as the U.S. Federal Reserve. Silver futures activity has also been a headwind for more than a month now.

So what’s working against silver? And when will it hit the bottom and reverse this disappointing two-month downdraft? Find out here…

Silver Futures Market Is Keeping Silver Prices Down – but Not for Long

Silver futures activity has been smothering prices, with the white metal trading down seven of the last eight weeks as it nears three-month lows.

And not surprisingly, speculators have taken center stage in this protracted bear session, adding to their short positions for the fifth straight week.

Here’s why, despite all those discouraging factors, silver is still primed for a rise in the coming weeks…

Current Price of Silver Restrained by Speculators, but Not for Long

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As of Friday, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) reported that silver speculators added further to their short positions, which no doubt kept a lid on the current price of silver.

The silver futures market and speculator activity has been a highly telling indicator for the future of silver price movements. When speculators begin buying up short positions in droves, the price of silver enters a bear session were declines become routine. But when silver speculation hits its peak and prices dive down to new lows, the speculators will begin to liquidate their short contracts and buy long.

And when this happens, silver is taken for a ride…

Silver Prices Today Bounce on Geopolitical Tensions

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Silver prices today are beginning to pop, bolstered by safe-haven demand from unsettling news on the Ukrainian-Russian border.

If silver closes up today, it will be the first time in over a month that the white metal has traded up three days in a row.

This slight three-day rally is a welcome change. Here’s what has moved silver these past few days, and what has been holding it back over the last six weeks…